My family doctor has decided to give me Lyrica to try to see if it helps with my pain issues, particularly my severe chronic headaches. I was asking to have my pain meds increased and she thought it would be safer to go a different route and she chose Lyrica instead. She gave me enough samples to last for one week and then she wrote out a prescription for me to have filled.
She said that you have to start at 75 mg. twice a day of Lyrica for the first week. Then increase to 150 mg. twice a day. I have only been on it a few days but I do notice a difference in my pain. I didn’t have to take any pain pills today until almost lunch time and normally I have to take it as soon as I get up in the morning. The down side of the medication I’m experiencing is extreme drowsiness and I wake up feeling like I have a hangover. It’s the same feeling I get when I take sleeping medication.
I try not to get too excited when starting something new and when I see results quickly because that is normal for me. But as soon as my body gets used to the medication, it no longer has the same effect and doesn’t work anymore. I am hoping that the drowsiness and hangover feeling goes away by the time the samples are done because I would like to fill the prescription if it’s going to help with the pain, even if it is short-term relief until I build up a tolerance to it.
I know the television commercials and publicity for Lyrica has given Fibromyalgia awareness a huge boost but I’m wondering how many people the drug is really helping.